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RE: The edge of chaos: where syntax ends and interpretation be

  • From: "Len Bullard" <Len.Bullard@ses-i.com>
  • To: "David Carlisle" <davidc@nag.co.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:37:25 -0600

RE:  The edge of chaos: where syntax ends and interpretation be

My point is this isn't that subtle.  XML is used in a variety of
applications and they aren't special cases.  They are other cases.
Network messaging (all the web can actually do) has its constraints.  A
tech pubs delivery has its constraints.   XML was designed by people
familiar with both sets of constraints and ensuring that it worked means
it cannot care about either set.  That's what "XML Doesn't Care.  So You
Have To." means.

If one finds they are caught between multiple authorities with different
conflicting requirements, then they are truly at the edge of chaos
(multiple controls over a process is the recipe for chaotic systems) and
must constrain their obligation by precise definitions and measures.
Even then given the computer-sciency nature of the language used to
explain them, they may be snared by the social network dimensions.

Competence matters.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Carlisle [mailto:davidc@nag.co.uk] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:29 AM
To: Len Bullard
Cc: Costello, Roger L.; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re:  The edge of chaos: where syntax ends and
interpretation begins

On 29/02/2012 15:20, Len Bullard wrote:
> Not in a world where...

Yes there are subtleties and special cases, but I had a self imposed 
constraint of one word per answer...

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